Upgrading skills is largely about identifying and seizing the development opportunity when it arises.
Inspired by the presentation, I started studying sports psychology in my spare time, with the aim to draw a new perspective on my work. Upgrading skills is largely about identifying and seizing the development opportunity when it arises.
Today, I can’t really rely on my master’s degree from two decades ago anymore, and I shouldn’t. In the same way as maps of cities or countries become obsolete as areas develop, the same way our skills become outdated as the world changes. Old maps – or degrees – make it difficult to navigate in cities, the world or work today.
Therefore, maps and skills need to be regularly refreshed, updated, and broadened. TietoEVRY is running a massive training program to encourage 3,000 of their experts get certified in Azure cloud technologies. For a large company, this is an ambitious goal, but great ambition also generates great results for the business, customers, and people. By encouraging and inviting people for skills development,
At TietoEVRY, every certified Azure professional will gain knowledge and expertise that will allow them to do their work in a more advanced, more enthusiastic, and pioneer-like way. Additionally, they will get a proof about their new skills. Browsing Twitter or completing a certificate are two completely different ways to develop skills.
Lifelong learning comes often with a lifelong question: how to make time for learning. I believe we all need to find our own unique answer to that question. To me, it comes down to a decision to prioritize: decide what is important, find time for it, and let nothing intervene or stop you from using that time for learning. It might mean a day off to study sports psychology or an hour blocked in the middle of the day to read the latest in technology.
When I look back on the early years of my career, I feel that everything has changed: ways of working, customer challenges and opportunities, culture and values at work, leadership, technology. Today, I would not survive with the skills I had in my 20s. Luckily, I do not need to. I have had and seized opportunities to update, grow and renew my skills along the way.
When you are offered an opportunity to develop your skills, it is worth taking it. When you get inspired to learn something new in any area of work or life, it's worth using that inspiration for learning. As individuals, communities, and businesses, we constantly need to update our maps to best navigate in this ever-evolving world.
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